TOWER, Minn. - Kevin Leecy, chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians, has been re-elected vice chair of the National Indian Gaming Association. Leecy, who has served as NIGA's vice chair since 2006, will continue working with tribes around in the country to develop policies on issues that affect Indian Country.
"Indian gaming has laid an excellent foundation for native communities to succeed," Leecy said. "Having more consistent revenue streams has allowed us to improve the infrastructure, programs and services that our people require. Because of NIGA and organizations like it, the tools are in place so Indian people can build they kind of futures they want."
Leecy said that his priorities for his next term as NIGA vice chair include collaborating with tribes to improve economic development and diversification in their home and surrounding communities and helping tribes strengthen gaming self-regulation.
Leecy, who has served as Bois Forte's elected leader since 2004, has been an ardent spokesperson for Indian gaming.
"Our resorts and casinos are job generators and economic boosters for both tribes and the rural communities where many resort casinos are located. Our gaming businesses are a win-win for tribes and their neighbors."
About the National Indian Gaming Association
The non-profit National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) was established in 1985 to protect and preserve the general welfare of tribes striving for self-sufficiency through gaming enterprises in Indian Country. To advance the lives of Indian people economically, socially and politically, NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development.